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A third of patients with cancer experience clinical fatigue, according to Edinburgh researchers. Among 2,867 patients with various cancers they found a 32% prevalence of clinically relevant fatigue.
Annals of Oncology (2007) 18: 1861–1869.

 Practice and community nurses should visit day care centres, residential homes and sheltered housing to promote flu vaccine uptake, suggest RCN Institute researchers. ‘All healthcare professionals need to be aware of their role in promoting the vaccine,’ they said.
Journal of Clinical Nursing (2007) 17: 5–16

 Premenopausal women who suffer depression may be at increased risk of osteoporosis, US researchers suggest. Of 133 women studied, 15% of those with depression had thinner bone in the hip, compared with 2% of the controls.
Archives of Internal Medicine (2007) 167: 2329–2336

 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has issued an alert for external temporary cardiac pacemakers –bedside model 4170, serial numbers 1–998 – manufactured by APC Medical Ltd. Inappropriate fast rate pacing may occur.
www.mhra.gov.uk

 A&E units should offer translation services to immigrant patients, say Spanish researchers. A&E units in areas with large immigrant populations would benefit from a 24-hour translation service or mediators, according to a team from Granada University.

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